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Song of the Open Road (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 21 June 1944 (USA)
Child film star Jane Powell, fed up with her every move being stage managed by her stage mother, runs away and joins the U.S. Crop Corps, a small army of young folks staying at youth ... See full summary »

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Charlie
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Jane Powell
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Jack Moran
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Mrs. Powell
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Child film star Jane Powell, fed up with her every move being stage managed by her stage mother, runs away and joins the U.S. Crop Corps, a small army of young folks staying at youth hostels and picking crops while adult farmworkers are at war. Totally clueless about the real world, befuddled Jane is embroiled in teen-romance complications while Mother frantically searches. Will her stardom help or hinder her new friends? W.C. Fields does a short act with Bergen and McCarthy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Musical

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Sinfonia Rústica  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director S. Sylvan Simon had terrible difficulty filming scenes with W.C. Fields due to Fields' alcoholism. After lunch hour he was often nowhere to be found. This problem was solved by luring Fields into his truck early in the day and removing the ladder. Fields would often rant and complain before eventually falling asleep. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: The old swindler's up to something. Whadya up to Balloon Nose?
W. C. Fields: Well if it isn't my old friend, Poison Ivy. How are you blood poison?
Edgar Bergen: Ah, it's good to see you, Bill. I hope there aren't any bad feelings over past misunderstandings.
W. C. Fields: Not at all, not at all, Edgar. I'm full of the spirit of friendship.
Charlie: Really loaded, huh?
Edgar Bergen: Don't you think we should all try to be a little more understanding, Bill?
W. C. Fields: Yes, I do, Edgar. Every time I think of the quarrels we've had, a lump comes up my throat.
Charlie: It's probably...
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References Mad About Music (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

(I'm Havin') Fun in the Sun
(1944) (uncredited)
Written by Walter Kent
Lyrics by Kim Gannon
Sung by Jane Powell
Whistled by Edward Gargan
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Jane Powell's first film. W.C. Fields' last film. A tuneful delight!
10 July 2001 | by (New York City, USA) – See all my reviews

Jane Powell's film debut is now forgotten and seems to have disappeared into obscurity--unlike her later MGM technicolored treats. A pity, because this cheerful tale of a teenaged movie star, fed up with her mediocre films and bland girl-next-door image, runs off incognito to join a group of youngsters striving to preserve the fruitions of farming. If that synopsis sounds dated, it certainly is, and who cares?. The plot is a serviceable enough vehicle for an unpretentious, black-and-white, engaging spotlight for a number of first-rate songs (Jane's zesty renditions of the catchy "Rolling Down the Road," "Here it is Monday"; and the underrated Jackie Moran's haunting rendition of the lovely, wistful ballad "Too Much In Love," deserving its Oscar nomination for Best Song). Plus a finale with special appearances by, among others, the Great Man W.C. Fields, absolutely dead-on hilarious in his last film appearance. AMC has the rights to this film and every two years or so, sneaks it quietly into early A.M. slots when they figure no one is watching TV anyway. A pity, because this low-keyed gloriously melodic charmer is first-rate in every department and deserves a long-overdue rescue from obscurity.


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